Conservation Society Meeting – 22nd March 2011

Thus meeting was held in the Henbury Village Hall and before the illustrated talk on the Old Vicarage some announcements and notices were made.

Chris Carroll welcomed members and said she was delighted to see how well the bulbs planted near the Ford were flourishing. She said the next meeting would be on June 7th when after a brief AGM a walkabout around the features of the Village was planned. She appealed for any artist / photographer member to come forward to help with graphics for the Society. The meeting with Cellan Michael, Bristol Parks Chief, on the proposed community garden in Blaise House Kitchen Garden had been positive. In particular Cellan Michael has suggested that a plan to utilise the whole of the area instead of the partial approach we had been suggesting would be more likely to be accepted.

Sue Parffit said she would be opening the Brook End Garden on Sunday 27th March

Tim Parkinson gave a reminder of the Site Allocation proposals as they affected green spaces in Henbury. The founding meeting of the Friends of Crow Lane Green Spaces was planned for 10:00 on April 9th at the Henbury Social Club.

Chris Carroll established that members felt that it would be good to have a get together at the Village Hall on the occasion of the Royal Wedding on 29th April.

Tim Parkinson and Sue Parfitt then gave their illustrated talk of the features and people associatedwith the Old Vicarage. Additionally Lisa Parkinson read an account of the Wedding of Emily Way which included a bumper wedding breakfast for 40 Ways in the Vicarage. And Graham Parfiitt read some memories of the last vicar Way of life in the Vicarage.

You can view the slides by clicking here

Conservation Society Meeting held 12th October 2010

By kind permission of David Lloyd, Vicar of Henbury, members assembled in St. Mary’s Church and were able to enjoy a glass of wine before David’s talk on the history and people of the Church in Henbury.

David’s fascinating talk covered the history associated with the church from the time the parish was Henbury in the Saltmarsh through to the 19th century when the designs for a spire were approved and the early 20th century when the Way dynasty of three vicars ended.


Bulb Planting – January 23rd 2010

The Henbury & Brentry Transition Group acquired 1000 bulbs through the good offices of the Neighbourhood Partnership and in conjunction with Henbury Conservation Society mustered around 20 adults and children to plant them on the banks around the Ford on Henbury Road adjacent to the Salutation.

Work started at 11:00 and by 13:30 all 1000 bulbs had been planted thanks to the hard work of all present.
It remains to be seen what shows this year but we should have a really fine flowering next year.
Here is a link to a handful of  ‘action’ photos I took.

Future use of Blaise Kitchen Garden as a Community Garden

Initial ideas from the ‘Garden Group’

Our Conservation Area would be greatly enhanced by using Blaise Kitchen Garden as a Community Garden.The area presently contains several greenhouses in various stages of repair and a victorian fernery’ in a huge walled space, with a building previously used for horticultural education and could possibly be used again for the same purpose. The greenhouses were used to grow bedding plants for the whole of Bristol for the latter part of the last century and then by a college Horticultural Department.We discussed how wonderful this would be for our Community, to encourage people to work together producing fresh food and growing plants to sell.We often talk about vandalism in our area. By encouraging a wide age group of people to work together, exchanging skills and enthusiasm, the energy of our youth could be diverted into something positive and creative.The possibilities of positively changing people’s lives could be immense. To get this project off the ground we know will be a huge upward battle,but we are prepared to try.Areas to investigate before the next meeting are :history and conservation within the site;FUNDING!; visit to a local Community Garden for ideas and inspiration.The lease on this site comes up for review in 2011 so we need to have an excellent proposal together by then.

Planning applications and Conservation Area – A brief survey

In 2007 Geoffrey Jones carried out an informal survey to evaluate to what extent decisions on planning applications where influenced by the subject buildings being in Henbury Conservation Area.

The document available by clicking here contains a brief historical description of the Henbury area, history of conservation area legislation and the setting up of Henbury Conservation Area and the survey itself. The Survey is not comprehensive in that it does not deal with all applications in the conservation area and it, necessarily, reflects the findings of the author.

It contains a number of excellent photos and is well worth a study.

Official web site of Henbury Conservation Society